DayBreaks for 11/29/19 – It Is for Us

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DayBreaks for 11/29/19: It Is for Us

A real woman named Joy teaches underprivileged children in an inner city church.  Her class is a lively group of 9-yr-olds who love life and aren’t in the least afraid of God.  But there is an exception – a timid, withdrawn girl named Barbara. 

Her difficult home life had left her afraid and insecure.  For the weeks that Joy was teaching the class, Barbara never said a word.  Not once.  The other kids sang, talked, giggled and laughed.  Not Barbara.  She was silent.  Always there, always listening, always speechless.

Then one day Joy taught a lesson about heaven.  Joy talked about seeing God and about eyes that would never fill with tears and lives that would never come to an end.  Barbara sat fascinated, never taking her eyes off Joy.  She listened hungrily, taking it all in.  Then she raised her hand, and in her tiny voice said, “Mrs. Joy?”  Joy almost fell over.  Barbara had never said anything.  “Yes, Barbara?”  Then little Barbara let it out: “Is heaven for girls like me?” 

Oh, I would have loved to see Jesus’ face when this little girl’s tiny question reached his ears!!!  This was like a desperate prayer that a good God somewhere in heaven would remember a forgotten soul somewhere on earth.  It was a hope that God’s grace would seep into the cracks of Barbara’s life and bathe her in the grace the church and her family had failed to give her.  It was a voice wondering if this God could take a life that no one else could use or seemed to want, and to use it as nobody else could.  It was a plea for God to do what He does best: to take the ordinary and dull and unspectacular and make it sparkle and shine and be supernaturally extraordinary and special.  It’s hoping that what God did when he parted the Red Sea would happen again, that God who used a stone to drop the giant Goliath, or that he who could turn the water into the finest wine could take little Barbara and see her safely to heaven.  Would the God who fed 5000 with a boy’s box lunch do something for her?  Would he take three spikes and a wooden beam and make them the hope of all humanity – including Barbara?  Would God take this rejected little girl and make her feel precious?  (Adapted from Max Lucado’s Cast of Characters)

The answer to those questions are all answered: “Yes!”  God would and did do something for this little girl who so desperately wanted God’s heaven.  “Yes!” God did take 3 nails and a wooden cross and instead of a monument to bloody and excruciating death make them into a symbol of life cleansed and set free.  “Yes!” God can take this little girl, and thousands like her – male and female alike – and whisper into their ear who very precious they are.

One more: “Yes!” No matter what your home life has been like, no matter how difficult your life experience may be – God answers, “Yes!  Heaven is a place for people JUST LIKE YOU!”

Won’t you accept the gift He offers you?  It’s free for the taking.

PRAYER: Thank You for making heaven a place for people like us – sinners all, redeemed ONLY by the blood of the Lamb!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

PRAYER: Jesus, we long to live surrounded eternally by your Light. Give us strength to persevere in this world that is often so dark. We give you thanks this day for the glorious future that you have guaranteed to us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

DayBreaks for 12/22/15 – A Gold Box Filled with Love

DayBreaks for 12/22/15: A Gold Box Filled With Love

We often learn the most from our children. There is an old story about a man who punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight, and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.”

The father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction once he realized the gift was for him. He opened the gift, but his anger flared again when he found that the box was empty. He yelled at her, “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside of it?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, “Oh, Daddy it’s not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy.” The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged her forgiveness. He kept that gold box by his bed for years. Whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us has been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from God. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, God’s “one and only Son,” we have the access to eternal life.

While there are those times when it seems as if He has left us to make it on our own, and there are those times when it appears as if we cannot go any further in life, there is no more precious possession anyone could hold than the gold box filled with the love of God.

TODAY’S PRAYER: Father, our hearts overflow with your golden gift – a truly priceless and precious gift. Fill our hearts with love for you and the wonder of your gift.  In His name, Amen.

Copyright 2015 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

DayBreaks for 12/16/15 – Pick Up the Baby

DayBreaks for 12/16/15: Pick Up the Baby

Do you remember when you came home from the hospital with your first baby? I do. We were young – oh, so young – and neither of us really knew what to do with a crying baby. We were clear across the country from our parents and as the baby howled, we were at a loss what to do. Even at the hospital when the nurse placed the baby in my wife’s arms as we were ready to drive away (no car seats back then that I can recall!), my wife started crying as we drove off, eeking out the words between sobs: “I don’t know how to take care of a baby!” Fortunately, a truly gracious and wonderful older woman from church came to our rescue!

Sam Levenson tells a wonderful story about the birth of his first child. The first night home the baby would not stop crying. His wife frantically flipped through the pages of Dr. Spock to find out why babies cry and what to do about it. Since Spock’s book is rather long, the baby cried a long time. Grandma was in the house, but since she had not read the books on childrearing, she was not consulted. The baby continued to cry. Finally, Grandma could be silent no longer. “Put down the book,” she told her children, “and pick up the baby.”

Good advice. Put down the book and pick up the baby. Spend time with your children. Particularly at Christmastime. We have the mistaken notion that good parents give their children lots of things. Wrong.

In a survey done of fifteen thousand schoolchildren the question was asked, “What do you think makes a happy family?” When the kids answered, they didn’t list a big house, fancy cars, or new video games as the source of happiness. The most frequently given answer was “doing things together.”

Will you give that most precious gift to your family this year? Forget about all the fancy, expensive presents. Time together as a  family is truly priceless…and it echoes the truth of the Incarnation as well!

PRAYER: Jesus, still our hearts and open our eyes to the priceless gift you’ve given us of our families, loved ones and friends. Thank you for them! Let us be resolved to spend quality time in the midst of these most amazing gifts this year and be a little less concerned about batteries, bikes and video games. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2015 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

DayBreaks for 10/13/14 – Faith Walking, #1

DayBreaks for 10/13/14 – Faith Walking #1

What does it mean to walk by faith?  What does it take?

Our minister is speaking on the topic of faith walking and we are all being challenged to consider our own walk with god and to learn to walk more and more by faith.  What does it mean?  It means listening to the guidance of the Word and Spirit, with a willing heart to do whatever He directs, believing that God has already made the way and then resting in supreme peace as we wait for Him to act.

The question was posed: if you could give one thing to God, just one, what would it be?  Would it be some huge, heroic and incredible act of faith, such as Moses demonstrated at the Red Sea, or Elijah on Mount Carmel, the Zarepath widow, or the widow who gave her last two mites to God?

We all would love to be able to rise to such a pinnacle of faith, wouldn’t we?  But the greater gift to God might very well be an entire lifetime of faith, well lived.  The problem is that those humongous acts of faith may well be disguised as a tiny thing: surely such was the case with the widow and the two mites.  I doubt that she saw it as such a great thing – she probably felt it was a small, simple act of obedience.  And Jesus was mightily impressed!

The truth is that unless our faith encounters challenges and obstacles that are truly difficult for us to deal with, we quickly tend to slide backwards from walking by faith into walking by sight.  And that is just not something that God is asking for.

As we walk through this sermon series, I’ll share more of the concepts of a faith walk with you.  I’m being challenged by it…and perhaps it will challenge you, too.

But let’s just start with these two questions:

  1. If you could give God just one gift, what would it be?
  2. How much of your life are you spending walking by sight instead of by faith? 

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) – And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. 

PRAYER: Jesus, we tend to believe in what we can see and touch.  Help us to trust in you when we can’t see you or touch you and to walk in faith and not by sight!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/15/13 – The Bigger and Better Hunt

DayBreaks for 10/15/13 – The Bigger and Better Hunt

From the DayBreaks archive, 10/08/2003:

Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 16:26 – …or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 

Have you ever been on a “bigger and better” hunt?  Here’s the idea: you start out with something small and of very little value, like a stick of gum, a pencil, or an old, beat-up book.  You then go on a scavenger hunt, sort of, except when you go to the door of a house, you tell them that you’re on a bigger and better hunt, and that you will exchange what you have for something they have that is better/bigger than what you have to give them.  If you’re lucky, you will get folks to swap up with you. 

In his book, The God You Can Know, Dan DeHaan told of one such bigger and better hunt that his youth group was involved with and they came back with 1) a sofa (that they used in their youth room)!; 2) a charcoal burner/BBQ, and 3) a pendulum clock that worked!

This kind of activity is fun and it really gets the excitement going.  But there’s a tremendous spiritual point to be made about God and man.  In reality, it’s a bit different than the typical “bigger and better” hunt, because God is the one who goes out hunting.  But in His case, when He knocks on the door, he is the one who offers us something bigger and better than whatever it is that we have to give Him.  But there’s a catch: before He gives us what is bigger and better, we first have to give Him whatever poor thing it is that we have to exchange.  And make no mistake about it: whatever we have to give Him is far less than anything we receive in exchange!  

God is always knocking on our door in this cosmic bigger and better hunt.  He’s knocking on your door right now, asking you to give Him something and in return, He’ll give you something bigger and better!  He may be asking you to give Him your worries about your children, He may be asking you to give Him your insecurities, your fears, you weariness, your yesterday, your tomorrow, your sin, your pain.  The list is endless.  And He wants to give you something FAR greater in exchange: His peace, love, mercy, grace, strength, a future, an eternity.

Are you listening for His knock?  Don’t be afraid to open and exchange what you have for something bigger and better!  God is on a continuous journey trying to get us to give Him what we cannot keep for something we cannot lose.  Don’t hesitate…do it today!

PRAYER: Lord, as the song goes, all we have to offer You is brokenness and strife!  Thanks for incredible gifts You give us in exchange!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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